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A real “Squid Game” will start in South Korea

A thankfully murder-free competition inspired by Netflix’s “Squid Game” is coming to a city in Korea – as long as the pandemic restriction allows.

After breaking all of Netflix’s previous records (eat your heart out, “Bridgerton”) with an audience of 111 million worldwide since its release on September 17, the Korean dystopian drama has, as you might expect, exploded into a real phenomenon – with weird and wacky results, sometimes disappointing or sometimes dangerous.

The St. John’s Hotel in Gangwon Province has teamed up with a ticketing provider to produce an outdoor gaming event as seen in “Squid Game”, featuring a very real prize of 5 million won ( $ 4,215), the Korea Times reported Thursday.

The field day-like event would take place on October 24; however, local authorities issued an order to cancel the games as they would violate social distancing restrictions in Gangneung City.

The “Red Light, Green Light” scene in “Squid Game” features a giant doll singing with killer eye lasers.

“Squid Game,” Featuring an All-Korean Cast, tells the story of a hard-pressed group of contestants chosen to compete in a deadly children’s game tournament with the goal of winning life-changing amounts of cash. .

If allowed, competitors of all ages, hotel guests or not, would participate in a series of four games as seen on the show, taking place in a pine forest on the hotel grounds: shooting range the rope, the traditional Korean game of flipping paper ttakji chigi, the tasty dalgona the cookie challenge and the nightmare “Red light, green light”. No details as to whether a giant creepy doll will be involved.

A real “Squid Game” will start in South Korea
Most of the games seen in “Squid Game” are from Korean lore, like the paper flipping challenge, called “ttakji chigi”.

The chosen players would receive the typically mysterious business card with a phone number for a host who would give them instructions on how to play – as shown in the show. They also warned that those who break the rules will be eliminated, “but not literally like the show,” according to Korea Times.

As on the show, the anonymous host will also be revealed once a winner is crowned.

But local authorities in Gangneung said there are rules prohibiting the gathering of more than eight people, regardless of vaccination and health status.

A real “Squid Game” will start in South Korea
“Squid Game” topped Netflix’s previous audience record with 111 million viewers, beating the recent hit “Bridgerton” which drew 88 million viewers.
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Registrations for the games, which cost 10,000 won ($ 8.40) up front, closed on Wednesday, according to Instagram. The event was already sold out by the time the city placed its order, according to a member of hotel staff who spoke to the Korean Times, adding in a statement from the St. John’s hotel that talks are underway. in progress to discuss canceling or modifying games to comply with city codes.

They could look to another “Squid Game” -type tournament that kicks off on Oct. 16 at a campsite in Wonju, Gangwon province, Korea Times also reported. Organized by the online gaming platform Frip, matches are scheduled with a limited number of players in compliance with public health restrictions.

Frip’s real-game winner would receive 45,600 points – a nod to the fictional series winner’s 45.6 billion won prize – to use on their site.

Plans appear to be moving forward, as the hotel said on Instagram on Wednesday that “invitations will be sent out soon.”